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The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: hopeful1 on July 21, 2004, 05:01:55 AM

Title: Re: If You Have 1 Surgery , Do You Have To Have Mo
Post by: hopeful1 on July 21, 2004, 05:01:55 AM
Hi, BooHoo-

Not a silly question!  I have no idea about the number of people who go on the need more surgery - but do keep in mind, that many people do fine, but you tend to not hear about those stories on this site.  Many people come here when things have been a challenge, and they want answers and support.  When things go fine, or as expected, people do not tend to come here or post their stories.  

I think this is a great place to find support and answers!  But I hope the horror stories don't give you the wrong idea!

Cheers!

L.
Title: Re: If You Have 1 Surgery , Do You Have To Have Mo
Post by: jathib on July 21, 2004, 05:08:41 AM
I had my ACL reconstructed 14 years ago and have not had any more surgeries because of it except for having a screw removed. My torn meniscus though, has resulted in 3 surgeries.

You don't have to have any surgeries if you don't want them. Nobody can make you. It just depends on how much pain and instability you're willing to put up with. If you do have surgery a lot depends on you and how dedicated you are to rehab. Keeping your knee strong requires a lifetime of of work, if you're not willing to do it then you shouldn't have surgery.
Title: Re: If You Have 1 Surgery , Do You Have To Have Mo
Post by: Leentje on July 21, 2004, 06:13:05 PM
Boo!! ;D

If I would have goe for the TTT in the first place, I probably would only have had 1 surgery. But however i wanted to try the lateral release first, knowing it had a 70% chance of failing.

Not a stupid question though! But most people want to try the less invasive surgery first before going for the major cut.

Wish you good luck!!

Helena ;)
Title: Re: If You Have 1 Surgery , Do You Have To Have Mo
Post by: Gab on July 21, 2004, 06:48:48 PM
Yeah, that's my concern as well. I read so many horror stories in here that I'm praying the surgery I had will be the only one.

I too had an ACL reconstruction but WITHOUT meniscal repair (woohoo  :D). I know that if I'm diligent with PT (which I have been so far), my chances of not having to go under the knife again are good. I'm keeping my fingers crossed as I'm hobbling around through rehab.

Good luck to your son.
Title: Re: If You Have 1 Surgery , Do You Have To Have Mo
Post by: allstardiva2005 on July 23, 2004, 07:40:18 PM
i partially tore my acl and my medial meniscus in one incident. had surgery to repair the meniscus in 2000, then needed 2 more surgeries in 2003. and i'm going to have another one next month. in 2002, i finally completely tore my acl and had the reconstruction surgery, i haven't needed anymore to fix that issue.

xoxo- Christy
Title: Re: If You Have 1 Surgery , Do You Have To Have Mo
Post by: lizl on July 24, 2004, 05:09:52 AM
I've had two. Obviously, the kneecap had to be repaired (surgery #1), then the hardware issues had to be addressed (surgery #2) before I could regain an acceptable level of function.

More to your point, however, is the fact that I would have had to have a third surgery, if I had not insisted on a second opinion before I went through surgery number two. The second opinion, with its accompanying xrays and MRI, revealed meniscus problems that would not have been discovered during a simple hardware-removal. Because of that diagnosis, I was able to have the equivalent of three surgeries all at once (hardware removal, lateral meniscus trim, and medial meniscus trim).

If there's a lesson to be learned here, maybe it's that sometimes recovery is segmented and sequential, therefore requiring more than one surgery.

LizL